ROCKPORT — Recently, Morgan Talty, author of “Night of the Living Rez,” gave a shout-out to short story cycles on Maine Public Radio’s “Maine Calling,” noting that they’re an increasingly popular genre of fiction. But why? What exactly is a short story cycle? What are its characteristics, and what advantages does it offer over a traditional short story collection or novel? And if someone is intrigued by the possibility of writing one, how might one begin?

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 11:30 a.m., the Rockport Public Library, 1 Limerock St., hosts author Laura Bonazzoli for a discussion about the fascinating short story cycle genre. Bonazzoli will also read excerpts from her own short story cycle, “Consecration Pond,” which was described by Publishers Weekly as “a solid, meditative collection of interconnected short stories that weave together seemingly disparate narratives into a satisfying and cohesive whole.” Books will also be available for purchase at the event.

Bonazzoli’s fiction has appeared in Evening Street Review, Exposition Review, The Sandy River Review, and many other publications. She has published poetry and personal essays in more than 30 literary magazines and several anthologies.

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